Fines on the way for mobile phones at the wheel

5:14 min

Sweden is the only country in the European Union where it is legal to send text messages while driving a car.

The government’s position until now has been that drivers tend to ignore mobile phone bans after about a year of them coming into force.  

But the Minister for Infrastructure, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd, has announced plans to change traffic regulations and introduce fines – not only for texting, but for a range of behaviors behind the wheel.

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